Everyone knows that the NFL gives out awards at the end of the season for different categories. The AP MVP, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, and many, many more. I decided to make my predictions for who I think will be the “winner” of these awards for the New York Jets.
Rookie of the Year Award- Sheldon Richardson- This was a very tough one for me to decide a winner. 9th overall selection Dee Milliner has a chance to have a big rookie season as the Jets starting cornerback opposite veteran Antonio Cromartie. If Geno Smith wins the starting QB job, he very well may turn out to be the teams most important rookie. Both Geno and Dee are going to be valuable to the Jets, but I believe that the 13th overall selection Sheldon Richardson is going to be the Jets “rookie of the year”. Richardson has great pass rush ability for a guy his size and can also stop the run with ease.
Comeback player of the Year- Stephen Hill- If you have read my previous posts, you know that I am a big fan of Stephen Hill. Going into his second season, I believe that Hill is going to show why the Jets took him in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Hill has a great combination of speed, height, and athleticism that should make him a huge target for Jets QB for years to come. Last year Hill was very inconsistent, but this year he has the opportunity to be the New York Jets number one wide receiver. I predict Hill breaks 800 yards and has 7 or more touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Year- Antonio Cromartie- I am sure you are wondering where is Mo Wilkerson? Don’t worry he is coming soon, but I have to go with Cromartie as the defensive player of the year. With Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay, Cro is now the Jets number one cornerback. With Rex Ryan loving to blitz and bring pressure on the QB, Cromartie must shut down the opposing teams number one wide receiver. If Rex Ryan want his defense to be in the top 5 in the league, Cromartie is going to have to have a great year for Gang Green.
Offensive Player of the Year- Jeremy Kerley- If there was one bright spot on the 2012 New York Jets offense it was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Kerley is a valuable player who can play both in the slot and on the outside. No matter who the QB is, Kerley will thrive in new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg West Coast Offense.
Team MVP- Muhammad Wilkerson- In my mind, Big Mo Wilkerson is the best player on the New York Jets. Last season, Wilkerson had a phenomenal year and was a pro bowl snub. Coming into just his 3rd season out of Temple, the big defensive lineman is poised for a huge season for the Jets. Mo can get pressure on the QB with relative ease and is a fixture in the running game. Look for Mo to have a huge year.
These are just some of my picks for the Jets team awards. What do you think?